CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Program

The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978. These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies. Co-benefits of the projects include increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as bio-fuel, clean energy, and high quality wood.

Projects may provide a combination of these co-benefits or other co-benefits not mentioned, or even benefits that are not yet clearly defined. Urban and Community Forestry efforts play a significant role in meeting the State's GHG emission reduction targets. CAL FIRE encourages resident participation in the development and implementation of each project, although due to the size and complexity of projects, applicants are limited to state and local agencies and non-profit organizations.


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All of the grant types below require a cost share (matching) rate of 75/25. The proportion of the project’s cost funded by CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry shall not be greater than 75%. Matching requirements (25%) for State funds may be met with in-kind activities or materials related to the project, as well as with any State funding source related to the project that is not the same as the State source of funding awarded by CAL FIRE.
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Disadvantaged and Low Income Community Cost Share: Projects that meet the criteria for being located in or benefiting a disadvantaged community or a low income community will be eligible to have their cost share requirement reduced or completely waived by CAL FIRE. This request must be made during the concept proposal process by checking the appropriate box on the form.

Application Due Date: 
CONCEPT PROPOSALS DUE ON February 26, 2018 BY 3:00 PM.
Implementing Sector
Implementing Sector: 
CAL FIRE and the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Three types of grants are offered: Urban Forest Expansion and Improvement; Urban Forest Management Activities; and Urban Wood and Biomass Utilization
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